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Aspirin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Aspirin is in a class of drugs known as salicylates. It works by reducing substances in the body that may cause pain and inflammation. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory pain medication that is used to relieve headaches, toothaches, and minor aches and pains, and to reduce fever. Aspirin may also be taken to decrease recurrence of a heart attack or other heart problems.

Aspirin Dosage

  • For the treatment of Minor Pain and Fever, the usual starting dose is 1 or 2 tablets every 3 to 4 hours up to 6 times a day.
  • For the Prevention of Stroke, the usual starting dose is 1 tablet 4 times daily or 2 tablets 2 times a day.
  • For the Prevention of Heart Attack, the usual starting dose is 1 tablet daily.

Uses of Aspirin

  • Aspirin is used to reduce pain, inflammation, and fever.
  • Aspirin is also used to treat and/or prevent heart attacks, transient ischemic attacks, strokes, and angina in certain individuals.

Side Effects of Aspirin

Before taken Aspirin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Aspirin. Side effects may include:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Small amounts of blood in stool
  • Stomach pain
  • Stomach upset

Warnings and precautions before taking Aspirin:

  • If you have a continuous or high fever, or a severe or persistent sore throat, especially with a high fever, vomiting and nausea, then you should consult with your doctor. Because it could indicate a more serious illness.
  • You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to aspirin, other arthritis or pain medications, tartrazine dye, or any other drugs.
  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications especially acetazolamide, anticoagulants such as warfarin; corticosteroids such as cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, or prednisone, then you should tell your doctor.
  • You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while you are taking aspirin, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Aspirin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Aspirin with the following:

  • Acetazolamide (Diamox)
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin
  • Certain diuretics such as Lasix
  • Diabetes medications such as DiaBeta and Micronase
  • Insulin
  • Steroids such as prednisone

After taken Aspirin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Aspirin overdose include

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Rapid breathing

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